Obituaries | In Memory of

Obituaries, In Memory of

Bruce W. Townsend

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Bruce W. Townsend

Age 67, of the Glenville Care and Rehabilitation Center, died Sunday, June 03, 2012 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston, following an extended illness.

He was born March 13, 1945 in Gilmer Station, WV, a son of the late Arthur B. Townsend and Lena Parsons Townsend.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur Jerry Townsend and Paul W. Townsend; and two sisters, Maxine James and Phyllis “Jackie” Love.

He is survived by one brother, Michael W. Townsend and wife Dolores of Weston; one sister, Peggy E. Bragg of Copen; one sister-in-law, Glenna Lavon Townsend of Jane Lew; and several nieces and nephews, two of which, Betty Townsend and Christina Hall, he had previously resided with.

Bruce had worked as a heavy equipment operator in the mining and construction industries.

He was a veteran, having served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

According to his wishes, cremation services were provided by Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.

Robert Gordon Ware

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Robert Gordon Ware

Age 88, of Sutton, WV, passed away June 04, 2012, at Braxton County Memorial Hospital, Gassaway.

He was born March 13, 1924, in Centralia, WV the son of the late Harrison and Leava Gibson Ware.

Gordon was a member of Elk Memorial Church, Chemical Town and worked for PennLine Services and for Sutton Chemical Plant.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Herbert Ware, sisters; Eleanor Hall and Orpha Mace.

Gordon is survived by his sister; Geraldine Ware of Chemical Town, nieces; Phyllis Hamilton Cornwell, Vyonne Ware Farrell, Violet Ware Wainscott, Debbie Dobbins,and Karen Greenlief, nephews; Marty Mace, Kenny Mace, Paul Hamilton, Jr, Jefff Mace.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday June 08, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Centralia Cemetery, Centralia, WV.

Friends may call one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to be serving the Ware Family.

Howard Eugene Stout

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Howard Eugene Stout

Age 73, of Burnsville, WV passed away at home on May 30, 2012 after a short illness.

Gene was born on August 11, 1938 in Jane Lew, WV a son of the late Lonnie and Sarah Perkins Stout.

He was retired from the WV Department of Highways.

In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Helen L. Stout; two sisters, Mona Facemire and Garnett Smarr; six brothers, Richard, Harry, Murl, Russell, Burt and Dencil.

Gene is survived by two sons, Dywayne Stout and his wife Judy of Franklin, WV and Scottie Stout and his wife Lisa of Orlando, WV; three grandchildren, Tyler Stout, Bryan Stout and Katie Stout and one great-grandchild, Harmony. Also surviving are two brothers, Donnie Stout of Florida and Clarence Stout of Flatwoods, WV.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 02, 2012 at Stockert-Sizemore Funeral Home in Flatwoods with Rev. Donnie Stout officiating.

Burial was in Stout Cemetery in Flatwoods.

Friends called from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday evening at the funeral home.

Carla Gail Buck

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Carla Gail Buck

Age 46, of Birch River, WV passed away on June 03, 2012.

She was born on August 17, 1965. Her parents were the late Glen Henry and Etta Jane Green Baughman.

Carla was a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Carla is survived by her daughter Cassandra Stump of Birch River and Fiancée Jeff Hughart, siblings are Daniel Kenneth Clevenger of Akron, Ohio, James E. Clevenger of Elko, Nevada and Caroline Sue Clevenger of Akron, Ohio.

Memorial services were held 6:00 PM Thursday June 07, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV with Rev. Mark Stump officiating.

Friends called one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbled to serve the Buck Family.

Maysel Eileen McCloy Beck

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Maysel Eileen McCloy Beck

Age 90, a resident of 509 Brown Ave. in Belington, WV, departed this life at 6:31 PM on Saturday, June 02, 2012in Ruby Memorial Hospital at Morgantown. She had been in declining health for the past two years, but death was unexpected.

She was born April 24, 1922, at Oxford, Doddridge County, WV, a daughter of the late William and Ollive Reed McCloy.

On November 21, 1940, at Catlettsburg, KY, she was united in marriage to the late Rev. Arden R. Beck, who preceded her in death February 17, 2012.

Surviving are one son, Kenneth Beck and wife, Darlene, of Tucson, AZ; one daughter, Arretta Beck of Belington; three grandchildren, Eric Beck of Carlisle, PA, Steven Beck of Califon, NJ and Lauryne Gentzler of Tucson, AZ; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Williard McCloy of Parkersburg; and one sister-in-law, Doris McCloy of Grafton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one infant son, William Edward Beck; four sisters, Inez, Martha, Georgia and Arzee; and five brothers, Lawrence, Stanley, Clarence, Herbert and Willard.

Mrs. Beck attended Doddridge County High School and graduated from Reader High School. She graduated from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, and did graduate work at Kent State and Youngstown State Universities in Ohio. She taught at No. 16 School near Wellsville, Ohio, Park Elementary at Uhrichsville, Ohio, and at Lisbon Middle School, Lisbon, Ohio. She taught for a total of 23 years. She taught private art lessons in her home for several years and in 1987 wrote a children’s book “Leena’s Ribbon,“ which was published in 1995. Maysel worked and supported her husband, Arden, as he was a United Methodist minister for 71 years in West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. She sang in the church choirs and taught Sunday school and helped with church programs. She was a loving and supportive mother. She was an excellent seamstress, quilter and did needlework. She was an artist and loved to read.

She was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Belington and the Ohio Education Association. In the past, she was a member of various education associations.

Friends were received from Talbott Funeral Home in Belington from 4:00 to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, June 06, and on Thursday from 8:00 AM until Noon, at which time she was moved to Asbury United Methodist Church, 512 Beverly Pike, Belington, where she was in state from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, the funeral hour when services will be conducted from the church with the Rev. Judy Flynn officiating.

Interment will follow in Belington Fraternal Cemetery at Belington.

Talbott Funeral Home of Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Maysel Eileen McCloy Beck.

McKinley Honors the Life of Former WVU Football Coach Bill Stewart

Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-WV) addressed his House colleagues on Wednesday concerning the death of his friend, Bill Stewart.  Rep. McKinley honored his life during a “one minute” speech on House floor.


Below is the text of the speech, as prepared.

“Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.

Mr. Speaker, the state of West Virginia lost one of its greatest residents last week and I lost a very close friend.

Former head West Virginia University football coach and New Martinsville native Bill Stewart unexpectedly passed away Monday, May 28th..

Stewart was a man of integrity and high moral character who truly practiced what he preached, both on and off the field.

As a head coach for the Mountaineers, he represented our state and the University in the best possible way.

His signature win over Oklahoma in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl launched him into the national spotlight.

His legacy will be the type of life that he led. Coach “Stew” never met a stranger and he never lost sight of his home.

He lived each day to its fullest and had a contagious enthusiasm that impacted everyone around him.

“Leave no doubt,” Bill Stewart will be missed for years to come because he was a man of his word, a man who openly followed his faith, and a dedicated father, husband and friend.

Bill Stewart took the final country road to his place in heaven.

Mr. Speaker, I yield the remainder of my time.”

Troy Keith Grantham

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Troy Keith Grantham

Age 53, of Gassaway, WV passed away May 22, 2012 at Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Beckley, WV.

He was born July 12, 1958 in Blakely, Georgia.

He was a Boilermaker.

He is survived by wife, Lynette Duckworth Grantham; daughters, Amanda Peacock of Cordele, GA and Nicole Story of Caporn, VA; son, Troy Keith Grantham, Jr. of Illinois; mother, Joan Johnson Grantham of Halifax, VA ; sisters, Cindy Dukes of New Port Richey, FL and Laura Tingen of South Boston, VA ; two granddaughters and two grandsons; two nieces and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by father, Larry Keith Grantham.

Services were held at 8:30 PM Friday, May 25 at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway with Rev. Johnny Conrad officiating.

Friends called from 6:00 PM till time of service at the funeral home.

At Mr. Grantham’s request his body will be cremated following services.

Paul Bernard Radcliff

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Paul Bernard Radcliff

Age 75, of Homewood community, Weston, WV, went home to our Lord on Tuesday, June 05, 2012 at his residence.

He was born in Lewis County on June 21, 1936: son of the late Archie Radcliff and Nina (Burkhammer) Radcliff.

On March 24, 1959, he married Willa (McCray) Radcliff, who survives.

Also surviving is one son: Wayne Radcliff and three daughters: Valerie Riddle, Joyce (Rick) Alderman and Melody (Chuck) Westfall. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren: Rick Alderman, Tisha Cutright, Valla Riddle, Chris Riddle, Mindy Collins, Paul Haddix, Samantha Westfall and Sarah Hefner and 13 great grandchildren. Mr. Radcliff is also survived by three sister-in-laws: Yvonne McCray, Vonda Dye and Betty Radcliff, several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by one brother: Donald Radcliff. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Mr. Radcliff was a glassworker for the WV Glass Specialty Company for several years and retired from the William R. Sharpe Hospital, both of Weston.

He was a member of the Bendale United Methodist Church of Weston, where he was Methodist by faith.

He was a member of the WV Army National Guard.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman- Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Thursday, June 07, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Carl Mouser officiating.

Interment will follow services in Forest Lawn Memorial; Gardens of Jane Lew, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Paul Bernard Radcliff.

Kelly Breanna Foster

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Kelly Breanna Foster

Age 20, of Cairo, WV, passed away June 04, 2012, at her home following an extended illness and is now looking forward to the Lord’s return.

She was born November 07, 1991 in Jasper, GA, a daughter of Victoria Vanneste and her stepfather, Robert Harriman.

She attended Tollgate Seventh Day Adventist Church and also the Parkersburg Church of God in Mineral Wells, WV.

She was a member of the Pathfinders Club at Tollgate, was in 4-H and was on the prom committee at Ritchie County High School.

Along with her mother and stepfather, she is survived by one brother, Lenny Vanneste (Chris); five sisters, Ana DuPerron, Lori Bryant (William) all of Michigan, Katie Foster, Lizzie Foster and Rynn Foster all of Cairo. She also leaves behind the love of her life, Kory Cottrill.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, June 24, 3:00 PM at the Tollgate Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Daniel Morikone officiating.

Kimes Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Parkersburg is assisting the family.

Henry W. Cooper, Jr.

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Henry W. Cooper, Jr.

Age 69, of Grantsville, WV, passed away June 05, 2012 at home following a long illness.

He was the son of the late Henry W. Cooper, Sr. and Edyth Scheuler Cooper.

He was a former board president of the Calhoun County Park, former treasurer of the Lions Club, a volunteer for the Calhoun County Library, a fourth grade math tutor, youth softball and basketball coach as well as many other activities and interests. He was very active member of his community locally and previously in Pennsylvania.

Henry retired from the Moon Area School District in 1997 where he taught physical education, math and health. He enjoyed gardening both indoor and outdoor plants, beekeeping, fitness, karate, reading and spending time with his “furry children”, Spencer, Holmes, and Tab.

He is survived by his wife, Amy; one sister, Nancy (Peter) Bergmann of Loudon, TN as well as his nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Friends may call at the visitation service to be held Thursday June 07, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, WV.

A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Calhoun County Park, P O Box 276, Grantsville, WV, 26147.

Kevin James Clowser

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Kevin James Clowser

Age 40 of Ash Road, Cedarville, West Virginia, peacefully passed from this life at 12:30 AM, Sunday, June 03, 2012 at Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia.

Born August 14, 1971 in Gassaway, Braxton County, WV, son of Jimmie & Kay Chenney Clowser of Cedarville.

Kevin was an employee of Frame Oil as a mechanic and including Frame Oil he spent 22 years in the oil fields. Kevin enjoyed 4 wheeler riding, fishing, playing strategy games, swimming, working the family farm, and spending time with family and friends.

On December 04, 1999 he was united in marriage to Michelle Kirkpatrick Clowser, where she and Kevin were proud that they had been together 20 years, having dated 8 before they married.

One son survives; Nicholas Andrew Clowser who lives at home, one sister; Kristi Clowser of Cedarville, one haft sister; Jackie Zitzman of Issue Maryland.

Kevin was the paternal grandson of the late Boyd and Nell Clowser, and maternal grandson of John and Lois Chenney.

A memorial tribute service of Kevin’s life to be filled with laughter, tears, and expressions of love will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. at 12:30 PM, Saturday June 09, 2012.

Family and friends may gather from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM to visit and remember.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Glenville 1st Baptist Church Cancer Fund.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Kevin Clowser with arrangements.

Harley Richard Sanders

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Harley Richard Sanders

Age 89, of Crawford, died Saturday, June 2, 2012, at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.

He was born December 04, 1922, in Braxton County, WV, a son of the late Richard Columbus and Bessie Margaret Burr Sanders.

He was united in marriage to his wife of 65 years, Elona Gathel Andrew, on April 12, 1947, who survives.

Also surviving are four sons, Harley Richard Sanders, Jr. of Waterford, Ohio, Timothy Herald Sanders of Dixie, Terry Allen Sanders of Crawford and Osburn Franklin Sanders of Crawford; eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hylton Sanders and Delbert Sanders; and three sisters, Goldie Gregory, Dorothy Flesher and Winnie McCune.

Mr. Sanders served in the 69th Infantry Division, 880th Field Artillery of the U.S. Army in the European Theater during WWII. He served in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the Bronze Star, the American Theater Ribbon, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon, and the WWII Victory Ribbon. He was also a member of the United Mine Workers Union.

The family received friends Monday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Heavner and Cutright Funeral Chapel.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, June 05, 2012, at 1:00 PM from the funeral chapel with Pastor David Jessie officiating.

Interment will follow in the Rock Cave Cemetery.

The Buckhannon VFW Post 3663, the Frank B. Bartlett Post 7 American Legion and the DAV Chapters 5 and 36 will conduct military honors at the graveside.

The Sanders family has entrusted the arrangements to Heavner & Cutright Funeral Chapel.

Rose Marie Espy

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Rose Marie Espy

Age 72, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away June 05, 2012 at her residence.

She was born in Weston, WV, the daughter of the late Nathan Hoover and Irma Eastburn Hoover Ramsey.

She grew up in Williamstown, WV and left with her husband while he served his country in the military for 12 years. They returned to Williamstown after his discharge and then later moved to Parkersburg. She had over the years worked for the Cone and Shake in Marietta, The Dutch Pantry in Williamstown, Shoney’s and The Mountaineer Restaurant in Parkersburg and the Belrock Cafe and Hamburger Junction in Belpre. She had attended the First Baptist Church in Williamstown. She enjoyed playing cards and board games with her grandchildren and reading. She loved the television show “Survivor” and was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates fan; her favorite baseball player was Roberto Clemente.

She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Brooks Leroy Espy, Sr. of Parkersburg; her children, Kimberly Bolek and Frank of Arizona, Brooks L. Espy, Jr. and Shelia of Mineral Wells, Kerry Espy and fiancee Missy Brookover of Ravenswood, WV, Richard Espy and fiancee Lisa Nancarrow of Parkersburg and Rose Wilson and Chesley of Parkersburg; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Clarence Ramsey; her beloved daughter, “Tillie” Barbara Espy; a daughter-in-law, Mellissa Espy; her sisters, Jean McElfresh, Roena Burdette and Enda Cross; and her brothers, Lewis Hoover, Mansfield “Pat” Hoover and Nathan Hoover.

Memorial services will be Thursday at 4:00 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg with Evangelist Kenny Keifer officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 3:00 to 4:00 PM and after the service at the Leavitt Family Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Benefit for Rose Espy, c/o Chase Bank in Belpre, Ohio.

The family wishes to thank the Amedisys Hospice nurses, with special thanks to Becky Crites for the wonderful care.

Linda Carol Nottingham

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Linda Carol Nottingham

Age 67, passed away on May 14, 2012.

She was born on April 07, 1945 in Braxton County, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Raymond Nottingham and the late Darlie Mollohan Nottingham.

Linda is survived by her two loving daughters and their families: Sally Joachim and her husband Todd with children Sadie Rose and Cooper of Longuich, Germany; and Elaine Imbruglia and her husband Frank with son Jeremy of Winter Garden, Florida. She is survived by five siblings and their families: Bernice Nottingham Moore, Norman Nottingham and wife Rosalie, James Nottingham and wife Vida Lee, Anna Lee Stalhman, and Larry Nottingham and wife Carol. She is also survived by her devoted dog, Millie.

Linda lived many places and touched many lives, spending her own time and resources giving to others, through her career as a small business administrator, as a university educator, and as an always-loyal and generous sister, aunt, neighbor, and friend to all who knew her. Above all else, Linda was a proud Mama and Grammy.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

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